08 December, 2010

Miles Davis - Olympia 11 Juillet 1973 Live (eac-log-cover)

Miles Davis - Olympia 11 Juillet 1973 Live
jazz | 1cd | eac-flac-cue-log-cover | 460MB
Of Miles Davis's numerous live releases from the 1970s, this one rates as less essential, but it does provide further insight into the fascinating chronology of Davis' music as he entered the final stages of his pre-retirement "electric period." The band heard here includes drummer Al Foster, electric bassist Michael Henderson, electric guitarists Pete Cosey and Reggie Lucas, percussionist Mtume, and saxophonist Dave Liebman. Several of these players are heard to better effect one year earlier on the more colorful and varied In Concert: Live at Philharmonic Hall recording, which featured material from On the Corner, A Tribute to Jack Johnson, and Get Up With It. By 1973, Davis' music had increasingly focused on mesmerizing static harmonies, electronics, and dense polyrhythmic layers that danced around the core of Foster's surging beats and Henderson's subterranean throb. The themes are noticeably shorter, sometimes only a few notes, and tempo/key changes are less frequent than earlier electric period models. From this cauldron often came solos of considerable potency, even anguish. Dave Liebman plays particularly well here, as does Davis with his wah pedal underfoot. Cosey was a relatively recent addition to this lineup and had yet to unleash the stunning, detuned meltdowns heard shortly hereafter. Instead, his soloing is more spacious and overtly blues-based, while Lucas counters with slices of deep funk. This recording clearly illuminates a path to the material heard -- more fully realized and better recorded -- on Dark Magus, Agharta, and Pangaea. Unfortunately, the sound quality is erratic; instruments occasionally disappear and the mono mix is inconsistent, although it does eventually settle in. The recording does not reliably capture the dense tapestry of sound and rhythm that this ensemble created. Most of the tracks are incorrectly or haphazardly titled. For instance, the "Ife" listed here bears no resemblance to the studio version heard on Big Fun. Despite these flaws, this recording is certainly recommended for completists, although the above-mentioned recordings offer better representations of this incendiary music.

-1. Medley 31:08
-2. IFE 17:02
-3. Unidentified 23:13

*Miles Davis - Trumpet, organ
*David Liebman - Tenor & Soprano Sax, flute
*Pete Cosey - Guitar
*Reggie Lucas - Guitar
*Michael Henderson - Electric Bass
*Al Foster - Drums
*James "Mtume" Foreman - Percussion


durmoll said...

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durmoll said...

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santos curser said...

I love how the reviewer is downplaying the quality of this record... THis record is a gem: 1) because this is the period shortly before Miles went into a psychotic meltdown that lasted 5 years, this period is the fire that burned MIles up. How Miles ever recovered after that and made a respectable comeback is another example of the greatness of the man who was Miles Davis.
2) the Recording fidelity and sound levels are outstanding compared to so may other examples of live material of Miles from the early 70's.
3) Cosey and Miles are doing great together, what a punch these two packed together... and they have been playing together long enough that for brief moments one cannot tell which is which... then of course there is the high synchronicity of Liebman and Miles.. this is truly one of the greatest personnelled bands in history, in my opinion this is Miles's greatest band.
Reviewers who talk about how Miles had so many styles and this is his "electric period" just do not get MIles, Miles had and evolution of growth in purity of his music, just as the period before John Coltrane's death is his peak, this early 70's period is Miles's peak.


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